GTA04_This is my Fantasy

Dr. H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at
Sun Apr 22 15:36:32 CEST 2012

Hi Travis,

Am 22.04.2012 um 15:09 schrieb Travis Bachelder:

> Thanks for you input Lionel,
> Actually: What I am thinking isn't remote. More like having the operating system installed onto the GTA04 (outfitted with a larger hardrive of course). Plug the phone into a computer (via usb perhaps?) then restart computer to boot from the OS installed onto you slick 60 gb GTA04.

yes you should be able do that. Just configure the USB gadget driver of the GTA04 so
that the GTA04 behaves like an external SD card reader and provides access
through the USB cable. Then, you plug in the USB cable to the host machine
and boot...

> This seems possible, the only hurdle I see is the hardware, what would it take to outfit a GTA04 phone with a larger hardrive? 

There is no need for a built-in harddrive. Just a 32 GByte Micro-SD card.
And in some future the OMAP CPUs will even support >32 GByte.

> Thanks,
> Travis


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> From: Lionel Broche <lionel.broche at>
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> Date: Sat, 21 Apr 2012 19:07:22 +0100
> Subject: Re: GTA04_This is my Fantasy
> I am not a specialist and I am not sure to understand what you mean by 'boot linux from any desktop', but I have been experimenting remote connections lately so my results may interest you.
> The idea of remote connection is that you boot your device normally (the client), and access a remote computer (the host) once the operating system is running on the client. Usually you only need a very light operating system so the client machine does not need to be powerful.
> I have been using a letux 400 (very small device, 2Gb Flash drive, rather slow) as a client to connect to my home computer. Since a letux is (really) not powerful, I dropped the idea of using a full remote desktop but this is likely to be possible on the GTA04 (see Vino, Remmina and others for remote desktop applications). Instead of that, I opened some X windows directly via ssh (use the -X option when you connect with ssh, there is a bit of fidling around with keys and host authoring). This technique allows you to control the GUI of a host from a light remote client.
> In final I could run some large applications (gimp, blender...) on my letux and to use them just as if I was using my home computer. Only the GUI of the application selected appeared on the screen.
> I am not sure if that is what you want to do. I can give more details if you need.
> Lionel
> On 21 April 2012 00:37, Travis Bachelder <tbachelder at> wrote:
> Just so everyone knows: I am not a programmer (just a dreamer), with no grasp on reality in regards to what is feasible or not. I'll leave it to you (the community) to decide.
> I was thinking it would be cool if my imaginary cell phone (I also dream of one day owning one) had the capabilities to boot linux from any desktop, via USB, provided it's support. This would grant me access to large programs such as CAD software, Inventor/AutoCAD, music/movies/photos, from where ever a desktop computer was available (BIOS Mooch).
> I would imagine the phones would need to be outfitted with a small solid state hard drive (at least 60 gb), and it would be nice if it had the ability to share media files (music) between QTmoko and Ubuntu (maybe?).
> Has anyone ever fantasized about this?
> Is it feasible? or Possible?
> Thanks,
> Travis Bachelder
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